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Volunteer Information

Spring 2020 applications are due Friday, February 7th at 5pm.

One time volunteer opportunities are available in our Weekend Wildcat Program.

Program Requirement
Our student-run, non-profit agency offers more than 12 volunteer programs to choose from.  We have programs serving children, older adults, and people experiencing homelessness, as well as projects with environmental groups and with local animal shelters.  In addition to volunteering at least 30 hours a semester, participants must attend a mandatory pre-service orientation, attend a feedback session, and submit a four page reflection paper.

Volunteers in our Kids Programs and programs serving older adults (Adopted Grandparents and Senior Circle) must submit proof of a negative TB test.  This test must have been taken within the past four years for the Kids Programs and within the past year for the programs serving older adults.  Student TB Tests are offered at the Student Health Center.

Volunteer Application Process
Volunteer registration and enrollment occurs during the first 3 weeks of each semester. To begin the application process print and fill out the CAVE Volunteer Application and return it to the CAVE office (BMU 309) by the deadline to schedule an interview. During the interview, CAVE staff will discuss details of the program, complete paperwork, and ask questions regarding interests and abilities relevant to the placement process. Once approved, the final step is to attend a mandatory program orientation where volunteers will build knowledge and skills relevant to the program and receive details about their placement.

Learn about CAVE Volunteer Programs
First time volunteers need to submit a letter of recommendation. Letters need to be less than one year old, on letterhead, and summarize the capacity and length of time the applicant and the reference have been acquainted. Letters must include the reference’s name, email, and daytime telephone number. References should be written by employers (preferred), coaches, former teachers, etc. They cannot be written by friends or family members. Attach the letter of recommendation to the application OR bring it to the scheduled in-take interview.

Please Note: Placements are not guaranteed; it is contingent upon the placement process. It is the sole discretion of CAVE and the Associated Students to place or remove you from a program.

Contact Us

Phone: (530) 898-5817
Fax: (530) 898-6431


Associated Students CAVE 750
California State University, Chico
400 W 1st Street
Chico, CA 95929

Office Hours & Location


Currently closed due to campus closure.


BMU 309 (3rd floor of the BMU)
W. 2nd and Chestnut St. • CSU, Chico